Meet the trustees


Monty Taylor - Chairman of Trustees - Oxfordshire

Monty was born in Nottingham, one of twins, is married to Sue and they have three married children and seven grandchildren. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has practiced widely across the UK. During the recession in the early 1990s his London firm advised a large number of lenders caught up in the property crash and acted on behalf commercial banks and other mortgagees. Monty retired from professional practice in 1995 and now runs his small property company developing difficult sites with high quality houses, bungalows and flats.

Monty was diagnosed with diverticular disease in 2002 and, in February 2003 following a colonoscopy and MRI scan, underwent surgery when his colostomy was formed. Although initially apprehensive about the future with a colostomy he decided to become a volunteer with the Colostomy Association and was subsequently invited to become a Trustee. Since that time he has travelled extensively throughout the world and is determined to prove that a colostomy should not hinder your way of life. Recently, following the production of the Colostomy Association DVD on irrigation, he decided to try it and is now a dedicated irrigator.


Ernie Hulme - Vice Chairman - North Staffordshire

Ernie has been married to Carol since 1973. At 44, Ernie was diagnosed with low rectal cancer and after therapies had a colostomy. Ernie's Stoma Care Nurse asked him to visit a patient 12 months after his treatment which led to him becoming a volunteer with us. Ernie loves to help people.

He was the founding member of the North Staffordshire "Outlook "(an Ostomy Support Group) which has membership of almost 300 people.


Mandi Laing - Trustee - Hampshire

Mandi was born in London and has lived in Southend, Basingstoke, Aldershot and Minneapolis. She now resides back in Basingstoke with her husband Iain and labradoodle, Morello. She has 6 step-daughters and 2 grandchildren. She works in the Treasury function of a large multi-national, private company, having spent most of her working life in various financial market institutions, apart from a short period when she was a hairdresser.

Mandi was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1986 and subsequently with anal cancer in 2010. Treatment of her anal cancer was surgical, including the creation of a permanent stoma. She took this opportunity to reassess her life and become involved with various voluntary initiatives. This has taken the form of helping out with DogLost, supporting a dog rescue charity, becoming a magistrate and becoming involved with the Colostomy Association. She has also discovered a love of gardening and recently was offered stewardship of a very overgrown allotment.


Frank Healy - Trustee - Cheshire

Frank was born in Liverpool and married his wife Pat in 1968, they have two sons both in the British Transport police and 3 grandchildren.

Frank was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2008 and has a stoma since then. Having very quickly got used to it and able to live a full life decided he would like to help others and became a volunteer and helpliner in 2009 whilst leading a full and active life walking, watching rugby union, acting as a church treasurer and deputy warden.

Frank’s working life has been spent in International transport, warehousing, packing, storage and distribution and when the opportunity arose to use his skills he started the operation for Stoma Aid which is a very worthwhile charity division helping people ostomates across the world who struggle to afford or access supplies.

Sarah Squire - Trustee - Oxfordshire

Born in 1973, Sarah is married to Steve and is mum to Oliver and Madison. She works full time as a research scientist at Oxford University, developing therapies to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She had her colostomy formed in 2007 after being diagnosed with a rectovaginal fistula which proved difficult to fix.

Sarah became a CA volunteer in 2011, is an administrator on the popular CA Facebook group and a member of the Tidings Editorial team. She loves to juggle her busy life and is passionate about helping fellow ostomates enjoy their life.

Alfred Levy - Trustee - Bedfordshire

Alfred is a Chartered Accountant, who was a partner in a London firm until June 2010, when he retired. At the same time he was also managing director of an outsourcing company in Stevenage which supported overseas companies setting up in the UK. Alfred lives in a village in Bedfordshire, married Sue in 1969, has two married sons and four adorable grandchildren.

In 2006 Alfred had a colostomy as a result of bowel cancer. In 2011 Alfred became a CA volunteer, both on the national 24 hour telephone helpline and attending open days on behalf of CA. In that same year he set up a support group in Stevenage –“Ostomistics” - whose members have one or more of the three types of stoma. This group has over 100 members and meets at least 12 times a year, in addition to special events. Alfred’s other interest in life is Rotary, where he will be President of the Rotary Club of Biggleswade from July 2013.




Caroline Emeny - Trustee - Suffolk

Caroline has been a CA volunteer since 2011 and is also an active CA helpliner. Caroline comes with a wealth of experience in local fundraising which is greatly welcomed on the Board. Caroline’s hosts an annual music quiz each spring and her village cake sale each autumn which are immensely successful in her lovely community-minded village of Laxfield in deepest rural Suffolk. Caroline lives with hubby Colin and has moved around quite a bit in her time. Born in Scotland, although the accent was lost many years ago, she then moved to Zimbabwe (when it was still Rhodesia) where she spent her teenage years which suited her tomboy traits. She then came back to the UK, eventually moving to Suffolk - it being a choice between Cumbria and Suffolk, with Suffolk winning due to the better weather! 

Caroline has two adult children, Mark and Lisa, who both live in Manchester, so a lot of time is spent to-ing and fro-ing to see her children in between working three days a week. Having always played a lot of sport due to her teenage years in Africa, she discovered golf a few years ago and this is one of her great passions, along with, of course, the CA which she feels strongly supportive of and which she didn’t know about when she underwent her own surgery eight years ago.


Ian Jackson - Trustee - Northamptonshire

Ian was born in 1961 in Chorley, Lancashire but has lived most of his life in Northampton. He left school at 16 to do an engineering apprenticeship and has worked in mechanical engineering ever since.

Ian was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2011 and had a permanent colostomy later that year. Very soon after his operation Ian found the CA Facebook group and became involved by becoming a group Admin in 2014, later to be followed by becoming a CA helpline operator and part of the Tidings Editorial Team. Ian feels irrigation has helped him regain control in his life again and he truly believes all those that are suitable should be encouraged and supported to give it a go.



Peter Martin - Trustee - Dorset

Peter is a Family man married to Jayne in 1971 with two married children and 3 young grandchildren Owen, Anna and "Flossie". Peter was born in Coventry and has lived in Bournemouth since 1986, having previously lived in Exeter, Paignton, Bristol, Gloucester and Cheltenham. All his working life, Peter has been as a qualified General Insurance Practitioner having worked for the Legal & General for 27 years with a further 20 years in the broking sector.

Peter was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1993 at the age of 45 and has been involved with the Association for over 18 years as a volunteer. Besides attending countless open days & giving talks to nurses on Bournemouth University courses, he was involved in setting up one of the first support groups in the late 1990's called "Cupid" at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Peter's interests include watching football at AFC Bournemouth where he is a season ticket holder, cricket Umpiring and being Chairman of Ferndown Wayfarers Cricket & Sports club.



Judy Colston - Trustee - Hertfordshire

Judy was born in the east end of London in 1946. She lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and has been married to Neil for 25 years, who has two sons and they have one granddaughter Katie who is six. Neil retired in November 2015 so they are looking forward to sharing lots more time together including more travel. Judy started work in a bank when she left school in 1962 and then worked for the NHS in an administrative role until she retired in 2004.

In May 1996, three days after her fiftieth birthday, Judy was diagnosed with rectal cancer and had a colostomy and an abdominal perineal resection. She learned how to irrigate six months later and has never looked back.

Judy became a volunteer for the CA in 1997 and enjoys attending Open Days and taking part in the telephone helpline rota and helping others. She said it was very rewarding to play a role in the irrigation DVD which is now hopefully helping and encouraging, those people who can and want to, manage their stoma by the same method. She is also a committee member for a very successful local support group called Stevenage Ostomistics set up by Alfred Levy, another Trustee, in 2011.




 Wendy Hetherington - Trustee - Berkshire

Wendy is married with two children Emily and Harley and she has two Siamese cats. Several years ago, Emily volunteered for the CA when she left University and she also volunteered for The Breakaway Foundation where Wendy was a Trustee for many years.  Due to her involvement with children with bladder and bowel diversion/dysfunction Wendy has set up JOSH (the Junior Ostomy Support Helpline) with the help and support of the CA. Wendy lives in Berkshire but runs a support group for people with stomas in Perivale called ‘ESSence’ which she finds rewarding and fun.

Wendy says: “I’ve been supporting the CA for 13 years in many different ways and I feel passionate about helping and supporting children and adults with a stoma.  I have also worked in the stoma industry for the same amount of time for a family owned company called CliniMed as a Product Specialist. My Hobby is shooting .22 rimfire for the county, as well as the RAF as I used to be in the Woman’s Royal Air Force. I was honored in 2013 to compete for GB in Ohio, which was terrifying but I didn’t let the side down with a score of 397/400.  I have the only pink rifle in the UK and I am known as The Pink Lady! I have been chosen to compete for the RAF team in USA in 2015 which I feel very proud about.”




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